To: John Durkan, CEO Coles Australia

Reduce food waste in Australia

Reduce food waste in Australia

By Dec 2018, 30% of Coles' fruits and vegetables should be "imperfect produce". This will reduce the amount of food that goes to landfill before the food even leaves the farm.

Why is this important?

Food waste is a major source of greenhouse gases, mostly in the form of methane, a pollutant at least 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide - and 6.7% of all global greenhouse gases come from food waste.

20% - 40% of produce doesn't make it off farms, largely because Supermarkets won't take fruit and vegetable which doesn't fit cosmetic standards that have nothing to do with flavour. Woolworths and Harris Farm are starting to stock some "imperfect produce" but this is ad hoc and small in scale. If Coles, one of our major supermarkets takes a stand on the issue, others will follow and we can reduce food waste in Australia significantly.

I want to reduce the amount of food that goes to landfill only because it's not meeting some cosmetic standards.


Reasons for signing

  • The amount of food rejected by major supermarkets because of superficial, unnecessary "standards" is incredibly wasteful.
  • I am over the waste as fruit growers we face many hurdles imposed by big supermarkets to supply “perfect” fruit. So much is wasted when at the end of the day it all tastes the same
  • Want a sustainable world and people to be fed.

Updates

2018-02-19 05:42:09 +1100

1,000 signatures reached

2018-02-16 17:44:16 +1100

500 signatures reached

2018-02-16 13:09:07 +1100

100 signatures reached

2018-02-16 12:57:27 +1100

50 signatures reached

2018-02-16 12:49:54 +1100

25 signatures reached

2018-02-16 12:47:41 +1100

10 signatures reached